CONSHOHOCKEN, PA--(Marketwire - August 16, 2010) -  AlliedBarton Security Services, www.alliedbarton.com, the industry's premier provider of highly trained security personnel, underscores its commitment to employee learning and development by partnering with the University of Phoenix to offer tuition reduction to employees and college credit for the Master Security Officer (MSO) and New Recruiter Training Curriculum.

"The University of Phoenix looks to partner with organizations such as AlliedBarton who are the leaders in their fields," explained Dr. Alvin Steward, Regional Director, Academic Alliances, University of Phoenix. "We also see a great value in developing relationships that create educational opportunities for our military personnel who may not have been able to attend college because they chose to dedicate themselves to protecting our country. AlliedBarton hires veteran and reservist military personnel and we hope this partnership creates additional avenues for career advancement and personal development for those individuals."

"The University of Phoenix is an accredited institution of higher education and an ideal partner for AlliedBarton as they offer online courses and classroom sessions at over 200 locations," said Rich Cordivari, Vice President, Learning & Development, AlliedBarton Security Services. "While the University of Phoenix offers a number of degree programs related to our industry, our employees can pursue any area of study and be eligible for tuition reduction."

"The University of Phoenix has reviewed our training offering and their designation of our MSO and Recruiter training courses as equivalent to college credit courses is a great honor," Cordivari continued. "This is not only an additional benefit to our employees who are furthering the education but a testament to the quality of our training and the extensive nature of our employees' preparation."

AlliedBarton's MSO training is a 20-module, self-paced program covering a range of security topics. Upon completion, employees achieve the coveted AlliedBarton Master Security Officer designation. The New Recruiters Training Curriculum focuses on quality versus quantity hiring, ensuring new hires meet AlliedBarton's rigorous security officer standards and the needs of each client.

"Learning organizations that value leadership at all levels ensure that development opportunities are available for employees at all levels," Cordivari added. "Our front line employees and security officers complete voluntary training because they want to increase their knowledge and further their careers. This partnership takes our commitment a step further as we seek to make higher education more accessible and help set the standard in creating a leadership organization focused on employee growth and development."

AlliedBarton Security Services is the industry's premier provider of highly trained, responsive security personnel. Customer-focused security officers and managers located across the country are supported by national resources developed from over 50 years of security experience. More than 50,000 employees and 100 offices provide security for several thousand clients in many industries, including approximately 200 Fortune 500 companies. As the most honored security officer services company, AlliedBarton leads the industry in award-winning programs. AlliedBarton has been recognized by Training magazine, ASTD, Corporate University Xchange, Leadership Excellence and the American Business Awards, among others. For more information call 1-866-825-5433 or visit www.AlliedBarton.com.

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